A new study is available on the costs and returns of establishing and maintaining erect blackberry (e.g., ‘Ouachita’) for organic production in Oregon. The information used for this cost study came from organic research trial results at Oregon State University and grower experience. The cost study was developed by Olya Rysin, Dept. Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University and Bernadine Strik, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University. We appreciate the valuable input from our grower collaborators, Javier Fernandez-Salvador (Ph.D. candidate), and Amanda Vance (Faculty Research Assistant). This study was part of a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Formula Grant no. OREI 2010-01940; ORE00409).
This cost study is provided in excel file format where growers can edit the numbers to make it more relevant for their situation. Please refer to the “Cover” and “Assumptions” sheets in the file for more information – Bernadine Strik, Extension Berry Crops Professor, OSU